The weird, black, spidery things of Mars


52 Responses to “The weird, black, spidery things of Mars”

  1. Robert says:

    Awesome, the carbon dioxide trees of Mars.

  2. Gilbert Wham says:


  3. PhosPhorious says:

    5 bucks says they’re sorns.

  4. C D says:

    Do you have permission to show photographs of the BP Oil Fields on Mars? Their lawyers can be quite vicious in defending BP’s individual rights.

  5. Great, so instead of a fire swamp, Mars has exploding deserts.  And quicksand.  What’s next, rodents of unusual size?

  6. DreamboatSkanky says:

    Yeah, but where were they when the fly tried to break our balls?

  7. GawainLavers says:

    Mars mushroom-cacti. How tall are they?  And how is it that I’ve heard more than I ever want to about that stupid “face” and I’ve never heard of this?


    • GawainLavers says:

      I guess if the competing explanations are phototropic mars-algae and 100 meter geysers then nobody really knows how tall they are.

    • ChipN says:

       Like Cliff says, a whole lot of cactopodes that have never been in my kitchen. Oh, but they have!! NASAs budget is $1,725 a year from every US taxpayer, that’s one heck of a lot of groceries!! And $175 of that is for the Space Shuttle program 2013. What? The Space Shuttle is retired! Apparently NASA didn’t get the memo. $3.5B a year for the Space Shuttle program ’13.

  8. Derek Prowse says:

    one wonders how far the rover(s) are from these phenomenon.

    • oasisob1 says:

      Yeah, if only we could get pictures of them from the ground…

      • ocker3 says:

         I think the next probe we send should leave behind observation posts that network and send pictures of their surroundings back to the rover/base station for transmission back to Earth. We’re getting cross-section photos here, we need longtitudional studies!

  9. Christopher says:

    I find the theories plausible, but to be on the safe side I think we need to go there and check them out.

  10. I spent waaaaaaaayy too much time chasing these things down a few years back online. They’re known as “Seeps” and some of them ran for miles and miles across the surface, sometimes even going uphill. Had a huge collection of them bookmarked but that was a different computer.

  11. Chuck says:

    The Weird, Black, Spidery Things of Mars is one of my favorite novels.  Someone should make it into a movie.

  12. Cowicide says:

    Send in the woodpeckers to go eat these things!

    Better audio than attached below:

  13. Felton / Moderator says:

    It’s an ugly planet, a bug planet, a planet hostile to life…

  14. Mitchell Glaser says:

    Those are clearly the tops of underground trees. Now if we can only get some good shots of the woodpeckers…

  15. Artimus Mangilord says:


  16. Flashman says:

    I can’t believe there wasn’t a single reference to David Bowie in either the article or this post.

  17. baconfriedpork says:

    clearly they’re Fremen windtraps

  18. Ramone says:

    They’re Freman tracking the great worm. #THESPICEMUSTFLOW

  19.  The first formal account of the Bat-Rat-Spider appeared in the 1959 documentary “Angry Red Planet”.  There is nothing new here.

  20. Stryx Varia says:

    Singing Corals.

    Just ask Takeshi Kovach.

  21. omems says:

    Looks like (scale notwithstanding) a chromatogram.

  22. Michael Whittier says:

    Clearly Someone didn’t brush the crumbs from the cake before adding the delicious burnt-sugar icing.

  23. Sirkowski says:

    Spiders from Mars, d’uh.

  24. awjt says:

    Maybe they are only on the sand dunes because they MAKE the sand dunes. Then, naturally, the wind blows the sand around into typical dune shapes. As well as the black iron sulfide type seepage spewing and blowing about. We have the same kind of thing on earth, except ours are typically undersea, called black smokers. They are responsible for massive sulfide deposits, which we can thank for most of the precious metals we possess.

  25. Dr Boom says:

    Shadow Vessels – just don’t let any telepaths near them.

  26. lorq says:

    Spice Blow.  The body of Liet Kynes is lying at the bottom of one of these.

  27. Chris Reed says:

    Clearly the tips of ancient alien skyscrapers from a city hidden beneath the sand

  28. Harvey says:

    They look like the lizard-like creatures as described by Andrew Basiago. He claimed to have teleported to Mars. Listen at 6:40.

  29. franko says:

    HELLOOOOOOO…. of *course*, they are sandworms, coming up to warm themselves in the springtime sun. *eyeroll*

  30. Ian Osborne says:

    …or they’re trees.

  31. Sometimes a tree is just a tree.

  32. CognitiveDissident says:

    Definitely lost Ewoks marching in a line.
    (Wrong planet? I said they were lost, didn’t I?)

  33. howaboutthisdangit says:

    That’s a firing range.  Marvin has been testing his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

  34. Thorzdad says:

    So, Mars has Morgellon’s disease?

  35. IndexMe says:

    My dispassionately reasoned conclusion was, sharkfin trees. They pop up out of the top of the dunes to maximize available heat, light and updrafts. Tiny seedpods crackle open on the warmest days of Spring, launching light, feathered spores like powdery carbon black snowflakes that can travel an entire hemisphere in the month of wind.

    On another note I’ve been thinking our next rovers should be able to jump and include legs, and arms to right yourself after a tumble. Maybe necessary for exploring geyser country?

  36. BombBlastLightingWaltz says:

    Two or three of the orbital photo’s, at Rocket Krulwich’s site, look like  giant ‘caterpillars’ with setae (hairs) on its body segments. 

  37. Dirtgrain says:

    Green Patches?

  38. DreamboatSkanky says:

    Sic ‘em, AMEE!

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